ADVOCACY & PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
- California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) -
The purpose of CAEYC
is to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of young children with
primary focus on the provision of educational services and resources to adults
who work with and for children birth through age eight.
- California Child Development Administrators Association (CCDAA) - The
Development Administrators Association promotes quality early
childhood programs in California through the provision of education, technical
assistance, and networking for administrators of publicly funded programs. The
Association provides a forum for administrators to work together to improve
the quality, availability and efficiency of child development programs.
- California Head Start Association - The
California Head Start Association is the unified voice
providing leadership and advocacy for the California Head Start community.
- California Alternative Payment Program Association (CAPPA) – The
Alternative Payment Program Association is a non-profit
association representing public and private entities that have State contracts
to support working families with early care and education subsidies.
- Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) – The
CLASP/Child Care & Early Education
initiative promotes policies that support both child development and the needs
of low-income working parents.
- Child Development Policy Institute (CDPI) – The
Policy Institute’s mission is to help establish sound public
policy focused on what is best for the children of California.
- Children's Defense Fund (CDF) - The mission of the
Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to ensure
every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a
Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of
caring families and communities.
- Children Now –
Children Now is a national
organization for people who care about children and want to ensure that they
are the top public policy priority.
- County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) - The
County Welfare Directors Association of California is a
non-profit association representing the human service directors from each of
California’s 58 counties. The Association’s mission is to promote a human
services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities,
and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - The
for the Education of Young Children exists for the purpose of
leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to
achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children.
- Preschool California –
Preschool California is a nonprofit
advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality early
learning for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it
- Building Child Care (BCC) - The
Child Care Project exists to provide a centralized
clearinghouse of information and services designed to improve child care
providers' access to financial resources for facilities development projects
- Local Investment in Child Care (LINCC) – The
Investment in Child Care is an innovative project designed to
build an infrastructure that supports child care facilities development,
renovation, and expansion in California.
- Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) – The
Low Income Investment Fund/Child Care program builds
sustainable community based systems to support child care facility financing
- California Code of Regulations – This site provides access to the
regulatory code (http://www.calregs.com)
- Child Development Division – The
Development Division is branch of the
State Department of
Education that manages state funded child development programs.
- Community Care Licensing - The
Care Licensing Division licenses and monitors Family Child Care
Homes and Child Care Centers in an effort to ensure that they provide a safe
and healthy environment for children in day care.
- Community Child Care Council (4c) – The
4c Council is the local child care
Resource and Referral (R & R) agency for Santa Clara County. The mission of
4Cs is to provide assistance to parents and child care providers to ultimately
promote the welfare of children.
- Find California Code – This site provides access to specific code
sections governing child development programs in California. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html
- FIRST 5-Santa Clara County –
FIRST 5 Santa Clara County utilizes
Proposition 10 funds to promote, support and improve early childhood
development for children prenatal through age five and their families.
- FIRST 5 California –
FIRST 5 California represents an
important part of the state’s effort to nurture and protect our most precious
resource – our children.
- Office of Child Care – The
of Child Care is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services. The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality,
affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Office of
Child Care administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to
assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when
the parents work or participate in education or training.
- Office of Head Start – The
of Head Start is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services. Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive child development
programs that serve children from birth to age 5 and their families. They are
child-focused programs and have the overall goal of increasing the school
readiness of young children in low-income families. Head Start of Santa Clara
and San Benito Counties.
- Smart Start San Jose -
Smart Start San José is part of the
City of San Jose's Early Care and Education (child care) Initiative. The goal
of the program is that all children enter school with the foundation needed
for academic and social success.
Social Services Agency of Santa Clara County
- The mission of the Social Services Agency is to:
- Prevent abuse and to ensure the medical, physical, financial, and
emotional well-being of children and adults at risk of abuse, neglect, or
- Maintain or restore family and kinship ties whenever possible and help
families understand and learn the skills and behaviors needed to safely care
for and nurture their children and elders,
- Maintain safe, healthy, and independent lifestyles for residents through
specialized and in-home services aimed at preventing or delaying
institutionalization in a manner that respects their personal liberty,
- Assist residents in acquiring the resources needed to gain and retain
competitive employment and to secure a more challenging, satisfying, and
economically rewarding life for themselves and their children.
EARLY LEARNING RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS
- California Budget Project - The
California Budget Project (CBP) serves
as a resource to the media, policymakers, and state and local constituency
groups seeking accurate information and analysis of a range of state policy
- Center for the Study of Child Care Employment – Based in UC Berkeley, the
for the Study of Child Care Employment is focused on achieving
comprehensive public investments which enable and reward the early childhood
workforce to deliver high quality care and education for all children.
- National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC) - The
National Child Care
Information Center, a project of the Office of Child Care,
Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to
complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to
ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive
- Parents Helping Parents (PHP) –
Helping Parents is a parent-directed, community-based
organization, whose mission was developed in response to the need in our
community for information, training, and support services for families who have
children with special needs and the professionals who serve them.
- Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) –
Policy Analysis for
California Education is an independent policy research center
whose primary aim is to enrich education policy debates, from preschool through
college, with sound analysis and hard evidence.
- WestEd – E3 Institute, Advancing Excellence in Early Education - The
purpose of the
WestEd E3 Institute is to support and
strengthen the quality of early education services by promoting professional
development of early childhood educators to ensure the highest quality early
learning experiences for Santa Clara County’s youngest children.
Date last updated: July 7, 2011